Ukraine, Ethiopia, Deputy Secretary-General/Trip Announcement & other topics- Daily Press Briefing

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25-Mar-2022 01:36:47
Briefing by Stephane Dujarric, Spokesperson for the Secretary-General.

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The Secretary-General welcomes the declaration by the Government of Ethiopia of an indefinite humanitarian truce, effective immediately and the commitment by Tigrayan authorities to a cessation of hostilities effective immediately.

The Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator for Ukraine, Osnat Lubrani, today issued a statement in which she describes travelling around the country in recent days, and seeing damage and suffering that no country, no human should ever have to experience.

Today, in a statement, the Head of the Human Rights Monitoring Mission in Ukraine, Matilda Bogner, noted that day after day, the death toll and human suffering in cities, towns and villages across the country is increasing. She said that the extent of civilian casualties and the destruction of civilian objects strongly suggests that the principles of distinction, of proportionality, the rule on feasible precautions and the prohibition of indiscriminate attacks have been violated.

Tomorrow morning, the Deputy Secretary-General, Amina Mohammed, will depart for Bangkok, Kingdom of Thailand, to attend the Asia Pacific Regional Forum for Sustainable Development, engage with regional directors of UN entities and meet with UN Resident Coordinators in the Region, Senior Officials and other stakeholders. The Deputy Secretary-General will return to New York on 30 March 2022.

The Secretary-General is concerned about reports of fresh fighting in and around Nagorno-Karabakh.

This afternoon the Security Council will hold an open meeting to discuss the recent launch by the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea of an intercontinental ballistic missile test. Rosemary DiCarlo, the Under-Secretary-General for Political and Peacebuilding Affairs will be briefing Council members.

The Acting Head of the United Nations Interim Security Force for Abyei (UNISFA), Major General Benjamin Oulefemi Sawyerr, travelled to Diffra to support efforts to prevent conflict following a deterioration in the security situation in the area since February.

The United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA) said that yesterday, peacekeepers on a security patrol came under fire from armed individuals near the village of Ouarara, in the Gao region. In response, the peacekeepers fired back and one of the assailants later died from his injuries.

The Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) today said that new data shows that in two months - between December of last year and January this year - the number of displaced people in Burkina Faso has increased by 10 per cent, bringing the total number of internally displaced people to more than 1,7 million men, women and children.

In Myanmar, the World Food Programme (WFP) and the UN Office for Project Services (UNOPS) teamed up to provide cash transfers for vulnerable communities affected by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic through UNOPS Livelihoods and Security Fund.

The UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) today said that the number of Nicaraguan refugees and asylum seekers in Costa Rica has doubled in the last eight months, reaching more than 150,000. This represents 3 per cent of Costa Rica’s total population of five million.

Today is the International Day of Remembrance of the Victims of Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade. In a message, the Secretary-General says that this is a day to remember the crime against humanity; the unprecedented mass human trafficking; the degrading economic transactions and unspeakable human rights violations.

Today marks one hundred days since Typhoon Rai swept through 11 of Philippines’ 17 regions, impacting close to 12 million people, damaging over 2 million houses and leaving tens of thousands of people displaced. Since then, the UN and its humanitarian partners have reached more than 715,000 of the most affected people with some form of emergency assistance.

The next Director-General of the International Labour Organization (ILO) will be Gilbert Houngbo from Togo. Mr. Houngbo, who is currently President of the International Fund for Agricultural Development, was elected by the ILO’s Governing Body during their meeting in Geneva. He will be the 11th Director-General of the ILO, and the first African to hold the post. The new Director-General’s five-year term will begin on 1 October 2022.

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